G8 MEMBER COUNTRIES017day the G5 would be the one refusing to invite the G8,rather than the G8 refusing to invite the G5.My dear friends, I am not saying this because I want tomake myself look good in Africa, Asia or Latin America.I am saying it because if we do not change worldgovernance, we will have no chance to respond to theconflicts of tomorrow. nThe above remarks are extracted from a speech byNicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic,delivered at Columbia University on 29 March 2010during the President's official visit to the USA.Source:The French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs.
n receiving the Sustainable Develop-ment Leadership Award in Delhi thisyear, Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Ministerof Japan, said he was honoured by this "message of encouragement", which he felt was directed not only to him but to all nationalleaders who have made tackling climate changetheir priority.I am truly honoured to receive the SustainableDevelopment Leadership Award, on thiscommemorative occasion of the 10th DelhiSustainableDevelopment Summit.Last September, I took the initiative to announceJapan's aim to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by25 per cent by the year 2020 compared to the 1990level, and consistent with what the science calls for inorder to halt global warming. At COP 15 in Copenhagen, Japan also announced thatit would provide assistance to developing countries inan amount of approximately US$15 billion by 2012,including US$11 billion in public financing. Thisstatement of intent was made upon the premise of theestablishment of a fair and effective internationalframework among all major economies and anagreement on their own ambitious targets. We must admit that we did not reach a perfect solutionon every single issue at COP15. Having said that, I alsorecognise that the Copenhagen Accord was formulatedthrough summit-level discussions, and that thedecision to take note of the Accord was adopted withindications of support from almost all countriesthroughout the world. To this extent, the meeting was meaningful. In CLIMATE EFFORTS CONTINUE AFTER COPENHAGEN018G8 MEMBER COUNTRIESOYUKIO HATOYAMA, PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN